Date Registered: 06-2018
TOTAL POSTS: 10
Re: Removing rear headlining to replace broken wires t30
i have recently taken most of the back interior paneling apart in my 2006 X-Trail to add additional wiring. AFAIK there are no wires going through the roof, except the ones for the interior lights, all the back door wiring runs through the bottom of the car (underneath the door step trims) and then gets routed up the C-pillars and out into the back door harnesses - on the left side.
You get full access by removing the left hand cargo trim, which is an upper and a lower panel.
The upper panel has a bolt at the top of the window (or you may have a luggage hook there) and the rear seat belt runner needs to be removed, too. Other than those it is clips only. I'm not sure if it can be removed on its own since the lower part clips into it and wraps it in a few places, so you'd risk breaking things if you don't remove the lower part.
To remove the lower part, you will first need to remove the mid and rear floor trims. The mid trim is the one that holds the baby seat anchors and it's easy to remove by undoing the bolts in the luggage anchors on either side and then unclipping the whole thing. The rear floor trim finisher is easily unclipped.
To remove the lower side panel you will need to remove three very obvious bolts. One in the insert that is meant to hold the cargo blind and two on the luggage anchors near the rear door. You will also need to undo a pin-clip where you removed the middle floor trim finisher. Be careful with that one, make sure you pull the pin first only, not the whole clip or you'll break it. The pin should come out about 5mm before you can pull the whole clip out.
Once all these are removed you can unclip the whole lower side panel, starting from the back. You won't have to fully remove it - i got away with leaving mine mostly attached at the front (where the back seats are) and only bending them open at the back.
There are two types of clips (like anywhere else with the trim in these):
- metal clips that sit on longer plastic extrusions
- replaceable round plastic clips (called C101 clips) that sit on more directly joining areas of the plastic
I found that the C101 clips are a little easy to damage when not aligned properly. The metal clips and the extrusions they sit on are pretty solid, but be carefl with lateral movement as i managed to break one of those, too, doing that.
The whole process may seem a bit daunting but it's astonishingly straight forward. Putting these huge panels back in place can be a bit daunting cause the C101 clips slide around a little (being removable) in their mounts so don't always align perfectly with the holes they are meant to go in. If you force them too much you can break them. The good news is - even if you break one or two you can reshuffle them to positions where they are less important.
Anyway, like i said, i was surprised about how straight forward and uncomplicated the whole thing was. The good thing about it is you get pretty much access to the whole wiring almost all the way until it goes under the rear seats and out to the rear door step trims where you can access it again.
Here are some pictures:
Left hand cargo panelling removed
Clips on rear end of left hand cargo panel
Fully removed left hand top panel and floor finishers
Also, get the Service Manual. There's a couple of sites you can download it from. Some want you to pay - avoid those - you can find it for free. Once you found your way around in it, the diagrams in there will tell you everything you need to know.
Last edited by wyrfel, 8/Aug/2018, 10:22 pm
8/Aug/2018, 10:13 pm